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  1. 23 points
    Yeah, it's definitely all the establishment's fault and nothing to do with self-obsessed narcissists mouthing off in a disruptive manner.
  2. 19 points
    At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed emotions; the police has been a big part of my life and I leave in the most interesting of times. The world, and 'The Job' are changing at an incredible pace, and I think it will take a while to come to terms with not being a part of it all. But, there is a whole world out there, and other than a bit of surgery to navigate in due course, the future is bright and exciting. And I will dearly miss being an 'official' commentator on these hallowed forums. Its hotter than Hades some days, but I've enjoyed the banter (most of it) the challenge (all of it) and the fact that behind all the thud and bluster, there are people on here that genuinely do give a monkeys about what happens on our Island. I may or may not pop back up on here in my own name, but if not, be excellent to each other. Derek
  3. 18 points
    As it is being restored by volunteers and donations I think it's entirely up to people whether they choose to support it or not As you say there is a risk that it will not be a success. If you do not believe in the goal then I think you are right to not support it, why should you? I, however, want to give it a chance to succeed and do believe that it is a historical asset to the town. So I do support it. Simple.
  4. 17 points
    Guys... i.e. Jack and Notty - I have neither of you on ignore, but I do find this 'you're embarrassing yourself', 'you're drunk and have probably shat yourself', 'you're hboy's sock', 'everyone ignores you' mindless repartee to be a bit tiresome. Can't you both just grow up a bit? Make your points, which on both sides are often reasonable, and if another storms in with shitty ad hominem attacks just don't respond. The forum would be a better place if you did.
  5. 16 points
    Reading through the reports and listening to what was said; what seems to come though it all is the sheer arrogance of all concerned. It just exemplifies to me all that is completely wrong with the IOM and what will continue stop a proper diversified and big tax paying free market private sector developing. They are putting on an event that WE pay for through our taxes. The event relies on a huge number of people and groups who provide their time for free (from marshalls to boy scouts doing the scores), it also relies on normal residents putting up people in their own homes year after year, and without those people the event could not possibly happen. Yet clearly those (exemplified by Husseys comments) who are paid as part of this whole exercise of setting fire to millions of pounds of our money, clearly believe that it's the right for government and Departments like the DED to capitalize on the event exclusively for the benefit of itself and the people within IOMG. It's easy to imagine this fuck up is going to cost US another few mill by the time Vision Nine have been bought off as part of this mess as well. These people have fed off government salaries for almost all of their careers. Most have never taken a commercial risk in their entire lives. They probably have no idea what it's like to put your own money on the line to back an idea or an initiative and if you fuck it up its your house on the line, and your family impacted, and your car repossessed. They can play at being entrepreneurs and at being business men with our money and they don't even have to be any fucking good at it as there is no moral hazard whatsoever. If they fuck up we still pay and they lose nothing. Nobody is going to be the next Bernie Ecclestone if they're living on a £60k a year guaranteed salary, and a gold plated pension, and they'll still get it whether they lose millions or not. If they fuck up WE pay for it and their lives are not adversely impacted in any way at all. Yet they're telling many people who might have been out there and taken risks and experienced a whole variety of good and bad business decisions to create wealth that they know best. It's crazy. Anyone with any commercial experience would likely have told them that this was a shit idea 4 years ago. Now we will probably end up compensating Vision Nine after all this evidence has been heard; as there's a high chance that this has been a badly executed shit idea from a bunch of clueless civil servants from the start. But they will still continue getting paid very nice salaries until they retire. And then get very nice pensions for life. It's only the taxpayer assuming the risk for some apparently not very successful or competent people on secure salaries and benefits playing at being Bernie Ecclestone. .
  6. 14 points
    The people I feel sorry for are the householders who thought they were going to be getting a nice picture of "a child reading a book, to tie it in with the library", and instead got a 70s Prog Rock album cover.
  7. 14 points
    That the Honourable Members should be locked in the building and not permitted to emerge until they have produced a credible Programme For Government which sets out the roadmap, actions and timetable for balancing the budget, together with audited financial projections. Once they've done that, they can go back to deciding where the Lord Bishop sits and all the rest.
  8. 13 points
    What next? A minister getting pissed and throwing up on a bus just after warning the public not to get too pissed? Nah that would be ridiculous.
  9. 13 points
    It's a lot easier to produce pages of pretentious waffle than to produce efficient public services - like transport.....
  10. 12 points
    When anonymity was introduced for victims of sexual assault or rape in the IoM, 30+ years ago we also introduced anonymity for the person charged unless and until they were found guilty. I can’t remember why it was changed back. Legally I think anonymity, ie not being named until convicted should be a right of all defendants. With modern media they are pilloried by the digital equivalent of the lynch mob. Its common in other countries, such as Germany. No reporting or identifying until end of trial. It isn’t an attack on freedom of speech, it’s protecting someone who is still innocent. As for similar fact evidence, people with the same experience coming forward, I’m not convinced whether it outweighs false memory syndrome. Very difficult balance?
  11. 12 points
    Locked. Suspensions to all the idiots who descended into personal mudslinging last night. Grow up.
  12. 12 points
    Well thanks for that. However, I disagree that I don’t have a perspective. I actually think the dismantling of the north western rail lines in the 70’s was a strategic mistake. I also think the Island has some incredible heritage, scenery and locations. There are some early signs of some real new impetus in focus on both the enjoyment of locals, and the benefit of tourists. However; We are dealing with the here and now. The Island is in a dire mess, across all sectors, and in respect of the horse trams, the time had come to draw a line. DBC actually demonstrated more strategic perspective than IOMG in this case. There are limits to the amount of money that can be literally pissed down the drain, and as we are using the health service in our conversation, 300k equates to around four GP’s or ten nurses. and where did the suggestion that I knew anything about the health service come from? I only worked alongside practitioners daily, and closely for twenty years, and do so daily now. And as for wider Manx life, working in the public sector, seeing first hand how departments ‘work’ and paying my taxes as a resident. Yes, I suppose you are right - clueless! and as for the boat in the morning quip - probably the biggest indictment of what remains wrong with the place. I only offer opinion. I’d be enlightened to hear an expansion of yours some time. Im sure we all would.
  13. 12 points
    A cynic might suggest that this is our government of control freaks not wanting to answer questions on a major news story or clarify things - a press release at 5 to 5 on the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend! Ah well. We are where we are. It is what it is. Lessons will be learned, moving forward.
  14. 12 points
    The Isle of Man has to be one of the hardest places to spot an April Fools story.
  15. 12 points
    Few points to make on this topic. As all are aware I am a Noble’s consultant, but I’m not in the top 10 this thread refers to. Firstly, the consultant pay scale here is the same as the UK, broadly, except we have additional automatic progression through 20 points whereas in the UK the higher points have to be applied for based on other roles, the so called merit award system. This automatic progression is used as a selling point to attract applicants here, and in my view it’s not a bad thing. In the UK the people who get the awards are usually the ones who are never at the hospital because they’re on national committees etc. Here at least we’re paid for loyalty/longevity of tenure. The second point is job planning. Each consultant has a job plan which details how many sessions per week they work. The basic is 10 for full time, notionally 40 hours per week including some hours for continuing professional development. Most consultants here work more than 10, because we generally have fewer consultants than the colleges recommend. In my specialty, based on our population we should have 5 or 6 consultants. There are 4 of us. Paying 4 people to do the work of 5 or 6 makes sense for the employer as there are reduced superannuation contributions and in the future fewer pensions to pay. And pensions are based on the basic 10 sessions. This is one reason our salaries are higher than the UK where generally NHS trusts have pared things to the bone with everyone on 10. We’re also not comparing like with like. In the NHS consultants will do extra NHS work in the private sector, using the ‘choose and book’ facility the GPs there have. This salary will not be included in the NHS figures we’re comparing with. There are other things too which make the figures incomparable. In our top ten numbers, additional bank work is counted - this is when a colleague goes on leave and instead of paying for an external agency locum the work is kept in-house for additional pay. Agency locums do cost a fortune, certainly in shortage specialties, but I don’t think Max’s 500K example is right. It does cost a lot to employ a consultant. I don’t know how much is right, but if we’re made public enemy number 1 and get accused of fleecing the NHS then I can guarantee recruitment, hard enough as it is, will get worse, and this will only increase the wage bill as more agency staff are used to plug gaps. As others have pointed out, market forces apply, and where people might like to think of the medical profession as Dr Kildare types doing it for the love of humanity, the reality is that the pressures and risks associated with the job are increasing and unless we’re paid well people won’t do it.
  16. 12 points
    The joke amongst all this is the airport was furnished with millions upon millions of pounds to cope with the projected 2 million PAX plus per year by now ! It can't even deal with two easy jet flights in proximity ! I despair at the lack of accountability anywhere in the CS or government it really is a joke !
  17. 12 points
    Easy to increase visitor numbers - take control of the boats and discount ferry crossings massively. I suspect the SPC is the main reason for the decline as they have shareholders to answer to who are only interested in sweating their assets, and such a vital part of our economy and infrastructure should be owned by the people.
  18. 12 points
    Problem drinkers will still pay it. It'll just come out of the family allowance and little Jimmy will have short trousers and shoes a size too small. Taxing alleviates thinking for government.
  19. 12 points
    You get the impression that Humbles got her support by wandering around Prospect Hill (where presumably she works some of the time), pestering MHKs to back her like a small child getting sponsors for a charity event. Whether the later ones knew she already had enough to stand would be an interesting piece of knowledge and they might be annoyed they had 'used up' one of their 'supports' on someone who didn't need it. If MHKs stick to the spirit of the law (rather than the mess of words they have produced) and only support five, Allinson, Baker and Harmer already seem to have used theirs up and Ashford, Caine, Hooper, Perkins, Shimmins and Thomas all have done four. I reckon there enough spare supports going for another ten. One of the defining characteristics of MLC elections is that they are perpetually changing the rules to stop it looking silly and/or crooked. And each time they do they manage to produce an outcome that looks even more ridiculous and bent than the previous one. So I have high hopes of what, with this multiplicity of candidates, is already promising to be what is technically known as a 'clusterfuck'.
  20. 12 points
    Thank you for your kind comments. Maybe it's just me but I'm starting to tire (to the point of nausea) of the whole damn lot of them and it. From 5 years of being lied to (yes, lied to) by Bell and Teare to the current bunch of clueless chancers and their entourage. UK Govt gave us a measure of slack in how we conduct our affairs. Look what they (yes, they as in Tynwalds past and present) have done with it - now billions in debt and liabilities and a population in hock to monopolies for the basics. And we then let them retire on huge pensions and golden handshakes as if they'd served us and our interests well. The mention of failures is taboo and they're ignored and forgotten whilst they march on to the next fiasco. Time for some accountability and reality, I'd say. And it doesn't involve £7k junkets to the Seychelles. Anywhere else and there'd be people on the streets with placards.
  21. 12 points
    In a way it is a totally bizarre suggestion that cyclists - or road users should be banned from using a road because of the antics of other users. But it's equally bizarre that a major road is one way for a fortnight because of poor riding by motorcyclists. Or that we don't have an all-Island speed limit because it might discourage bikers from coming here. But this is the Isle of Man where bikes are king, so I suppose it makes a warped kind of sense.
  22. 12 points
    Quite right. And who better to encapsulate that than barclays bank.
  23. 11 points
    FFS no wonder there was a question in Keys. Who got the contract? Dandara?
  24. 11 points
    I’ve read elsewhere this airframe was only 2 years old. I wonder if they’ve mixed it up with his previous machine? Wherever it was owned is irrelevant. It flew under a G prefix, likely under and AOC, by a highly respected and qualified pilot. It’s an utter, utter tragedy. I think we should lock this thread, simply out of respect.
  25. 11 points
    Today I attended the hozzy for my bi-annual check for my P/C, I was diagnosed with this in 2010 so I've been getting a little pissed of with the "active surveillance" protocol,but I'm now into my eighth year so what the hell, i was met once again by the consultant Mr Upsdell who said "what are you on? your PSA has come down from 12.8 to 6.5 and has not been this low since diagnosis", I replied I am using my "own" homeopathic meds doc, what's your opinion? "Keep doing whatever it is your doing", and then informed me my bi annual check would now be annual,so a good day for a nice change.
  26. 11 points
    So as we enter 2018, I've realised that this year I'll have spent half my life (24 years) as a qualified doc. Thought it might be appropriate to share a few things I've learned over the years. Firstly, it's becoming increasingly clear that exercise, including weight training (so not just 'going for a walk') leads to far better health in one's later years. A couple of examples I came across in the past few weeks are relevant. Firstly, I entered the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the start of December. One of the competitors was 91 years of age, and he rowed 2000m in 10:46. It's sad to say that there are many 30somethings that couldn't do that. Secondly, the other day I came across a chap who was running 10km in 55 minutes at the age of 80+. Both of these men had been exercising all their life. They were fit, they looked fit, and they were still able to do all of their daily activities. Contrast that with patients I routinely see in their 60s who have led a sedentary lifestyle, and because of lack of fitness and conditioning fall over all the time, have aching joints, and need multiple pills to keep their blood pressure under control etc. Everyone knows about osteoporosis - as we age we lose bone density, particularly if you're a woman. What is less well known is sarcopaenia - the loss of muscle mass, which occurs at about 1% a year from the age 50. If you have poor muscles your joints ache and you have poor balance reactions, with obvious consequences. The only way to prevent this is to lift weights. So my top tip for everyone is to exercise. Do it regularly and start young, but whatever age you are it will be beneficial. We're all getting heavier. Cheap calorie rich nutrition poor food is easily available. Having looked through many sets of medical notes over the years, most people seem to put on 1-2kg per year. This is nothing really, until you consider that over the course of one's working life you might go up from 70kg to 110kg without really noticing it. It doesn't have to be this way. No-one should be obsessed about their weight - fitness matters more than weight in itself - and in fact the biggest predictor of being overweight in 5 years time is being on a diet now! Just watch it, and if your belt gets tight, or you creep up a couple of kgs in a month or two then back off on the booze/sweets/pies for a few weeks until you're where you were. People have too much faith in modern medicine. Yes it's great, and there are drugs and operations for everything. And we're all living longer. But we're not living healthier for longer. And being on multiple meds, or having surgery, is not as free from complication as we'd like it to be. Drugs have side effects, operations have risks and a proportion have a poor outcome (there's no such thing as an operation that can't make the situation worse!) They're all best avoided. And in many situations, Mother Nature is hard to beat! So, if you're going to make NY resolutions, choose ones that will stick. Exercise more, lift weights, don't get gradually fatter over the years. And don't smoke, and don't drink to excess. If we all did that, then the medical profession would have far less to do, and perhaps as a society we could afford a health service to look after us when we really need it. Happy New Year everyone - I'm just off out to the gym
  27. 11 points
    If nobody has photoshopped a copy of razzle into hand by the end of the day I guess I'll have to do it.
  28. 11 points
  29. 11 points
    I’d prefer to see the moderating team deal firstly with the inordinate amount of vitriol & spite vented by the usual gang of Ted’s before an embargo on new memberships. Thread after thread derailed by very personal abuse & nonsense. You have to dig really deep to get to the good stuff being written by some very knowledgeable posters which is a shame. Sadly trolling & idiots are not exclusive to MF, every corner of the internet has its share.
  30. 11 points
    It would appear that there is a far greater contingent of significant business/professional people elected to the States of Jersey than the failed painters and decorators/village chemists/washing machine spanner monkeys/office cleaners/school bursars/subsidy claiming corpulent farmers that we are blessed with. In other words people who can professionally manage finances and who don't need help to tie their shoelaces.
  31. 11 points
    I ride motorcycles, push bikes and cars, when in the car all cyclists are twats, when on the motorbike car drivers are twats and when on the push bike everyone is a twat. I think it is a problem beyond solving!
  32. 11 points
    @The Lurker I understand that you regard the Living Hope Church as no more harmful than any other religious organisation, and that you believe it to be unfair that the LHC are being singled out for criticism ahead of all the others. Dealing with that point firstly; I do make a differentiation between a religious organisation that in action are comparatively benign in the pursuit of its objectives and those that are evidentially and provably not benign. Fundamentalist religious organisations such as those with a bible literalist and young earth creationist world-view are usually firmly within the collective of religious organisations termed ‘dominionist,’ sharing Christian dominion theory and its objectives. This is a collective of Christian political ideologies with a determination to have government by Christians based entirely upon their personal understanding of biblical law. Is the Living Hope Church any better or worse than others with a bible literalist, creationist and fundamentalist composition and objectives? That depends in my opinion on what they actually do to proselytise those fundamentalist creationist beliefs. We are in agreement that we hold to the idea that such organisations should not have any influence in what is being taught in schools and they should have no influence in government policy. We depart in agreement on the substantive of your statement because of the difficulty if not nigh on impossibility of implementation of that in the practical application of it. “I would go further and state that any person or group that has a vested ideological interest should not be allowed a position of influence within Government; that is not to say that politicians should not listen but should be free to exercise their duties to best represent the people who elected them; that is their sole function” As examples of in support of my position. Peter Charles Murcott is a well-known Christian fundamentalist with political ambitions on the IOM. He has stood for election to the House of Keys; he has been vocal and very active in the promotion of his political bible based objectives over the years. What he tells you he is, he is, and what you get if you vote for him is to my mind an accurate and truthful representation of what he is about. Kevin Woodford is another bible literalist who at one time wanted to become a politician who has made no secret of his religious beliefs and convictions. If would-be and elected politicians are honest about those beliefs at the outset and make no attempt to conceal them in their dealings with the electorate, then sooner or later a political matter is likely make it obvious who it is they are representing when they vote on it. With those considerations you are free to either vote for them or not as you choose. However, once it is known that someone is a member of a fundamentalist religious organisation, I suggest that it is unrealistic to expect such a person to be capable of independent, rational, and secular thought in any secular based political policymaking. Zac Hall and his parroting of plagiarised Catholic Church dogma is an obvious example, but there are others. Eddie Teare’s incapacity to act in the House of Keys when faced with the prospect of having to vote on the The Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendment Act because he was, he said reluctant or loath to conflict his Methodist faith and needed to take advice from 'some people' when he could find the time, but he was having no such crisis of conscience when announcing proudly that the IOM now has a substantial part of its GDP thanks to online gambling companies operating from the Isle of Man. Gambling OK, there being no conflict in his mind with his Methodist religion. GAY’s getting married not OK, there being an unresolvable conflict with his religious beliefs. Was he being a rank hypocrite, or was he just being a politician? You decide. Who is it that the fundamentalist religiously indoctrinated actually represent? Is it the diverse electorate with a secular objective to be treated equally by its Government, or is it the specifics of their religious beliefs that is the very antithesis of equality for all under secular laws? I have mentioned that fundamentalist Christian organisations form political and religious alliances within each other’s groups. Most people have no real idea what that means in reality. When Andrea Minichiello Williams writes up and presents policy proposals or actual amendments to UK law to ‘Christian’ MP’s or Members of the House of Lords, the majority of people don’t know that she is actually representing ‘Christian Concern’ which is part of a much wider network of likewise fundamentalist, with a creationist based political objective. Most people have no idea that she exists in the first place. If you look up Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG it is the registered address for the ‘Christian Institute’ Coalition for Marriage Limited, Meaningful Marriage Limited, More to Marriage Limited, Pursue Faith Limited, Pursuing Faith Limited, Scotland for Marriage Limited, Equal and Free Limited, Chantry House Associates Limited, among others of like constitution. The people in those companies such as Colin John Hart understand how the Charities Commission works, how to finance their objectives by affiliation with other Christian fundamentalist organisations in the USA, and how to work to gain access to educational establishments and political influence. These organisations have access to millions of pounds to fund their activities and objectives because they have a profound understanding and experience of Charity Law and media manipulation. As you say you are an atheist who is also a parent, you make decisions regarding your children’s welfare as is your right and obligation. Knowing what I know about these organisations and their objectives, I would not let them within a broad Manx mile of any child of mine if I had one. I don’t single out the Living Hope Church for special attention they are acting in the schools now that makes them noteworthy, their access to the schools and the students in them is being facilitated by the Education Minister and the Department of Education and Head Teachers. The financing of the Living Hope Church and how it is spending that money is just par for the course, they are all of them cut from the same kind of cloth, and all of them wear the same style of uniform more or less. Personally, I think these kinds of fundamentalist religious organisations are often very good at presenting a benign appearance, but they depend upon the indifference of politicians’ and the general public to take the time and make the effort to find out what they are really about, and because of that lack of understanding or in practice not having much of an interest in understanding what they are really all about, that is the biggest advantage they have in the furtherance of their political and religious objectives. I object to the fundamental creationist religious and politically driven agenda and objectives of the Living Hope Church and I object to that organisation's involvement in the provision of education in any school. A possible and useful question yet to be answered is. How many of the fundamentalist Christian organisations in and outside of the IOM have Manx politicians as ether members of them, or supporters, and or active facilitators of their political objectives? I would really like to know the answer to that question, would you?
  33. 11 points
    Why is free transport being provided for all but the walking wounded? Quite a few of those being transported for free, I would hazard, are perfectly fit and able to make their own way. Those who are infirm, post-operative etc should have the benefit of the free service, not everyone and their escorts. Another example of pandering when times were good, now times are tougher it is hard to turn off the tap.
  34. 10 points
    As older, more lucrative (for the Govt) vehicles are disposed of, the currently lower rates for the (allegedly) less polluting ones will rise to maintain revenue. Including electrics. Sure as eggs are eggs. It's less about the environment and more about money. How can a BV Merc Citaro bus, running 12hrs a day and paying only £166 a year be less polluting than a 1.4 Fiesta rated at £180 a year doing 1+1/2hrs a day for the daily commute, for example?
  35. 10 points
    A couple of years ago I gave LK a business plan for some fairly minor remodeling at the back of the grandstand to improve the hospitality facilities, and turn the place into somewhere that could be used all year round as a destination eatery. Additionally it would have offered visitor tours, and a welcome centre. It could have been done for well under a million quid. Until there is a clear picture of where the event is going, this needs to be put on hold. On the plus side, it would be money spent on island, rather than that £38m over in Liverpool for a new berth, the need for which is lost on me.
  36. 10 points
    Actually it's thanks to corrupt and power hungry MP's and Eurocrats and an entire fifth column of traitors who still can't get over losing the vote and will cause as much trouble as possible, whatever the consequences for the country. People voting in the referendum just wanted Brexit and there was no talk of withdrawal agreements, penalties, backstops or political deals. The people spoke and the politicians have obfuscated and largely ignored them.
  37. 10 points
    That Jay Hall fella is a complete cock- certainly no stranger to the courtroom. Druggy and wannabe hard man, on his steroids. Threatening to burn a woman’s house down with her kid inside? Complete prick. People who think he’s funny, or are helping him deserve to be locked up themselves.
  38. 10 points
    Yes, yes, yes. Several years ago we were involved in a partnership with some retail investments, one of which was a shop on the main street. Rents like that for a smallish shop unit are common. They are highest in the centre generally, and get a bit lower as you move down to the Castle Street end. You need to make a grand a week plus VAT just to pay the rent, before even thinking of staff, NI, rates, fuel, power, etc. If you have all of that sussed out then you've broken even and can start thinking about making a profit. Given the underwhelming footfall, there isn't much you can put into a shop along there that is going to make you worthwhile money. It might look like a decent crowd on the street on a Saturday afternoon, but take a look on a cold, wet weekday morning anytime outside the summer. I did a few surveys of my own at the time, and there were days when there was virtually nobody about between 9.30 and 11am. In my opinion, to make it pay even modestly, you need to own the property or be a big name with a good margin product (like the Card Factory franchise for example). For an independent, even with a respectable turnover, it's an uphill struggle. Suffice to say we got out as soon as possible and never touched retail again.
  39. 10 points
    Daphne is falling into the Politician trap of thinking, by virtue of her election, she has some higher moral compass and must champion the cause of righteousness on our behalf. You really don't have to do this Daphne. What you have to do is represent the wishes of the people which clearly are not on the side of Syrian refugees being accepted here but more on the side of dealing with our own problems. Despite the assurances of our Government and the soothings of Mr Thomas, we have a lot to be concerned about here and many homegrown causes to champion, Daphne. Carry on being holier than thou and you will find yourself back with the great unlistened to majority, at the next opportunity.
  40. 10 points
    A general election will only demonstrate the same. Once these people get elected they make a huge - and I mean huge - amount of new friends. Powerful, rich and charming friends. An endless stream of civil servants - senior, middlin' and scratchin', they become on first name terms with the likes of judiciary (separation of powers is a myth, to be bragged about at presentations to people who believe in fairy stories), so-called leaders of industry court their attention and senior advocates becoming their buddies. The police, the hospital doctors etc. etc. The ego meter goes off the dial. There are 'buffets; by the billion. 'The scrotes' who elected them become relative nothings. They have nothing whatsoever to enhance this new found life style, not for another five years anyway.
  41. 10 points
    I bet Martin Moore would have thought the violence justified if the kid had tried to pay for a taxi with a Debit Card.
  42. 10 points
    Nearly £50,000 total plus the inconvenience (and probably a lot more than just inconvenience in many cases) and the robbing twats get a few months each, already laughably inadequate sentencing which I guess will be halved again with good behaviour.
  43. 10 points
    https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/former-health-minister-voices-concerns-over-abortion-reforms/ What a bloody good job this wretched, undemocratic woman is no longer Health Minister (for all sorts of reasons!). Just think of the obstacles, delay, opposition and all-round heel-digging-in stunts she'd try to pull concerning abortion if she was. For a woman politician to still be attempting to deny the women of the Island an opportunity to simply have parity on abortion law with the UK is frankly disgusting. What a disservice to the public the election of this person was.
  44. 10 points
    Plans look good though....
  45. 10 points
    You appear to have got confused about what the job of the media is. It's about reporting and analysing what is actually happening, not what you personally would like to be happening. The media are supposed to make things difficult for those in power and subject what they say to scrutiny. Apart from anything else the IOM Government pays a ridiculous number of people to tell us how wonderful everything is. If they can't manage it, it's a bit much to expect everyone else to do the job for them. There's a tendency on the Island, both in Government and in sections of the finance sector, to announce that something is good for the Island and then expect everyone to accept this without examination and without evidence. And then get very annoyed when any scepticism is expressed. But people and the media are perfectly entitled to dissent if it looks as if all the benefits are going to a few handful of people in Athol Street or the Civil Service and longer-term costs to the rest of us are ignored. I'm not saying this is what is happening here, but it's the attitude that everyone should be quiet and be grateful is counterproductive even in the short term. As to whether this has been well-handled in a competent manner, you only have to look at that press conference and see whether that qualifies as "open, honest, and professional". After all the Government had called that press conference, not the media. The latter rightly got shirty when it was clear that Quayle and co didn't know what they were doing or what they would be allowed to report. And rather than this (possible) crisis being handled in a professional manner, it seems to have been dealt with in the normal way of ignoring it for months and years and then panicking at last minutes and trying to throw something together in as public a way as possible. If you think that Quayle's Panorama interview would somehow be magically improved by a more deferential attitude from the locals the day before, you've got a rather strange idea of how the world works. If anything his irritated reception have made him behave in a more cautious manner with the BBC, though I'm afraid he will just do his usual thing of switching between unconvincing bluster and looking like a rabbit caught in headlights.
  46. 10 points
    How many hundreds of years do we have to wait?
  47. 10 points
  48. 10 points
    Oh shut up...keep to the topic please.
  49. 10 points
    It's the 21st century. No education should be determined, or influenced, by religious denomination. Apart from comparative academic studies religion should be kept out of schools. Thats what church, chapel, synagogue, mosque, temple and Friday, Saturday and Sunday schools are for.
  50. 10 points
    Tea towel fire? Isn't the recommendation to put it out with a damp pan of boiling chip fat, or am I getting confused.
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